Homeschooling 101: How to get started
So you are thinking of homeschooling? Welcome to the pack. As you have probably realized, homeschooling is one of the best ways to have a perfect interaction with your kids. You will be present in their lives in a major way and hence you need to be prepared for that.
Most newbie homeschoolers get overwhelmed by all the activities they think they need to do before they set themselves up. It is true, I can be a little overwhelming but if done right, it becomes more manageable. This tips will help you set up your homeschooling in the right way.
Identify your homeschooling goal
What is your homeschooling goal?
Why do you want to homeschool your kids?
Everything else you do has to revolve around this goal. You can incorporate various parties in making this goal and decision. For instance, if your kids are old enough to understand what you want to do, ask them what they think of that. It will affect their lives in a major way as well. Loop in your spouse and discuss how this will change your lives. You need to be well prepared.
Choose the right curriculum
Before you go to buy resources for your homeschooling, you will need to find the right kind of curriculum. You need to find something that works for your family.
There are many of them out there and before you commit to buying one, find out the learning styles of your kids and then find something that can work for them.
You can also consider trying the free ones available online and see how they fit before purchasing one.
Get the right kind of resources
Many beginner homeschoolers blow a lot of money on resources that become redundant within no time. Before you hit the store to buy these resources, ask around. Learn about their importance and if you can work around them, reserve the buying thought for later. Pro tip: Buy only what you need for that particular term.
Have a budget
Homeschooling does not have to be expensive but if not done right, it can burn a hole in your pocket. Everything you see seems perfect and you will always feel guilty for not buying something. Hold back and look for deals. Visit garage sales, flea markets and even the library for cheap resources. Pro Tip: You can also look for inexpensive and free resources online.
Connect with other homeschoolers
You are just starting out. There are others who have been doing what you are about to do for a very long time. Reach out to them and find help, support, inspiration and motivation.
Learn about the tricks and tips they used on a variety of situations and how they manage to maintain their sanity. If you do not find these in your locality, you can always go online and find videos and other resources in this niche. For instance, you can use blogs (Like this one) to learn about how other homeschooling moms are holding up, the challenges they face and how they conquer them.
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Another (home) school year is upon us!
Some of you may have already started your year, or some of you might school all year long, or some of you might be making those final curriculum decisions before your new year starts. Whatever boat you are in, I’m sure you could use a little extra money for homeschool curriculum or resources. Am I right?
I’ve gotten together with some fellow homeschool bloggers and we are pooling our money together to bless two homeschool families with a gift card to spend on their homeschools. How does $250 sound in helping you buy curriculum, books, games, puzzles, or whatever educational supplies you might need? Two people will win a $250 gift card to Timberdoodle!!
We know homeschooling can put financial strain on families – whether it’s from living on one-income or buying curriculum for multiple children – the financial aspect of it can be stressful. Our hope is that we can bless a couple of homeschool families (although we wish we could bless many more) so they can buy the curriculum and supplies they need.
To enter for your chance to win, simply use the Rafflecopter form below to enter. Now I know that is quite a few entries for you, but each of these bloggers generously chipped in their own money to bring you this giveaway, so I hope you will take the time to do all of the entries. And hey, the more entries you do, the better your odds are of winning!
Giveaway ends Aug. 15, 2018 at 11:59pm ET. Must be at least 18 years of age. Must be a resident of U.S. or Canada to enter. Selected winners will have 48 hours to respond to email notification to claim their prizes or another winner will be drawn. By entering this giveaway, you agree to be added to the email lists of the participating bloggers. Please be sure to read the Terms & Conditions upon entering the giveaway.
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